The failed Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, has been sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in New York.
Though he pled guilty, Shahzad has remained angry and defiant. "The defeat of the U.S. is imminent and will happen in the near future," he said in court. ABC News reports that he said "Allahu Akbar" after hearing his sentence, and said "We have laws made by Allah. We don't need laws made by humans."
Since Shahzad's Nissan Pathfinder failed to detonate in Times Square on May 1, law enforcement authorities have unraveled a complex network in the United States and abroad that helped to plan, train, and finance, the attack.
Commenting on the case, FBI Assistant Director in Charge Janice K. Fedarcyk said:
"The case of Faisal Shahzad demonstrates the global scope of the terrorist threat. Distinctions between home-grown and foreign terrorists are blurred when a U.S. citizen travels to Pakistan to learn bomb-making from a known terrorist organization, then returns to the U.S. and receives financial backing from the overseas organization."
In December 2009, Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen, received explosives training in Waziristan, Pakistan from Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), an organization now designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States. Following his training, he returned to the United States where he received payments totaling $12,000 from TTP financiers in Pakistan via an American hawaladar. A separate investigation into the financing of the attacks resulted in the recent arrest and indictment of Mohammad Younis for operating an unregistered money transfer business.
Following the failed attack, Shahzad attempted to flee to Dubai, but was arrested by authorities at JFK Airport in New York on May 3, 2010. He was formally charged in a 10 count indictment the following day, and pled guilty to all charges on June 21. At the hearing during which he pled guilty, Shahzad said:
"I want to plead guilty and I'm going to plead guilty a hundred times forward because until the hour the US pulls its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan and stops the drone strikes in Somalia and Yemen and in Pakistan and stops the occupation of Muslim lands and stops killing, the Muslims and stops reporting the Muslims to its government, we will be attacking US, and I plead guilty to that."
"Faisal Shahzad is a remorseless terrorist who betrayed his adopted country and today was rightly sentenced to spend the rest of his life in federal prison. While his life sentence ensures that he will never again threaten the security of New York City and our nation, together we must remain vigilant against those like him who wish to do us harm."